Good Morning! As of yesterday I have been eating fully plant based for 2 weeks. And I have to say, I feel AMAZING! I feel energized, I feel like I’m making a very conscious effort to shop locally, shop small, reduce my waste, cook more, eat mindfully, and reduce my processed sugar intake all while keeping animals and the environment at the forefront of my thoughts each day. Despite all of this I’ve realized that I cannot truly say that I’ve been living a vegan lifestyle. I’ve continued to use honey, I’ve continued to walk around in old sandals that probably have some sort of leather material, I’ve worn belts, my purse likely contains leather,….the list goes on and on. What does this say about my choice to attempt veganism? Does this mean I don’t really care? Does this mean I pick and choose what’s convenient for me? Maybe.
But it also maybe means that I’m human. And we all have to make choices everyday, some are easy, some are hard, and some are based on what feels like the lesser of two evils. Every day I’ve made the choice to avoid consuming animal products. Every day I’ve felt really proud of this choice. And every day I know that I’m doing the very best that I can with what I’ve got. And that’s pretty much all we can ask of ourselves. I have several more weeks to go in this challenge to myself but I already feel pretty confident in how I think this project will wrap up. I think I will continue to live a plant based lifestyle with the understanding that edges are blurry and life is not black and white but many shades of gray. I find a lot of inspiration in quotes that have been tossed around by Michael Pollan:
Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food
At home I serve the kind of food I know the story behind
High-quality food is better for your health
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
My ultimate goal is to live my healthiest, happiest life with my health, my family’s health, the environment, and animals in mind, always.